Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy; A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran; and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Trump's Offer to Meet With Iran's President Rouhani Won't Get Us a Better Deal. We Had Our Chance and Lost It.
After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and threatening Iran with "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before," President Trump announced on Monday that he wants to meet with President Rouhani without preconditions to craft a new deal. Trump thinks he can...
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"He has a national security adviser – John Bolton – who has been pushing the US to bomb Iran for more than decade." (Photo: Middle East Eye) Views
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Iran Is Not North Korea: Trump's Regional Allies Prefer Civil War to Peace
As US President Donald Trump returns from a successful photo-op in Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, his focus will soon return to Iran. Israel and Saudi Arabia have eagerly hoped that the Singapore summit would help neutralise the Korean issue so that Trump could turn all his energy...
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"The team around Donald Trump, my contact warned, was going to try to discredit me and my organization, the National Iranian American Council, and some of our allies." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Who Ordered Black Cube’s Dirty Tricks?
I had no reason to be suspicious. I receive dozens of media requests a week and this one was no different. Last summer, I received an email from someone who said that he was a journalist—from an outlet I hadn’t heard of before—and that he wanted to ask a few questions about the Iran nuclear deal...
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People celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran in April after the announcement of a preliminary agreement in the Iran nuclear talks. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners And Victimizes Ordinary Citizens
When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced in 2015, the Iranian people poured into the streets to celebrate what they thought was the beginning of a new era. Long squeezed by both U.S. pressure and their own government, they had just cause for optimism. The threat of war was receding...
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Trump’s Reckless Decision Puts US on Path to War with Iran
In anticipation of President Donald Trump's announcement that he will withdraw the U.S. from its commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tuesday, the following is a statement from Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC): Donald Trump has...
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"Trump’s emphasis on what he terms “America First” is anything but that." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 30, 2018
The End of US National Interest
It was not even a month ago that Donald Trump signaled that he wanted to get U.S. troops out of Syria. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” he said at a press conference . Two weeks later, Trump ordered missile attacks against the country. And now his UN ambassador says that...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Will Trump Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal This Week? If So, Threat of War Grows
This week is crucial for the Iran nuclear deal, and by extension, stability in the Middle East . By Friday, US President Donald Trump is obligated to renew sanctions waivers on Iran. If he fails to do so, the US will violate the nuclear deal of 2015 and trigger a process that will likely see the...
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Monday, January 01, 2018
There's Something Different About These Iran Protests
In a matter of days, protests in Iran have quickly spread across the country, taking the government by surprise and leaving analysts and pundits alike confused. Part of the reason many have been caught off guard is because these protests appear quite different from their 2009 predecessor—in terms...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American
Both Tel Aviv and Riyadh viewed Washington’s reorientation towards Asia with concern. They feared it would weaken Washington’s commitment to their security while also potentially making the United States more inclined to reach an accommodation with Iran. Those fears rose dramatically as Obama...
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Trump's Speech Against Iran Deal a National Disgrace
Trump's speech today was a national disgrace. This isn’t an effort to stiff a contractor over a real estate project, it’s a matter of war and peace. Donald Trump is in way over his head. Contrary to the reporting, Donald Trump is killing the deal – not in one move, but in several moves. First,...
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